Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara meet on economy, 2017 budget


The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, and some ministers on Tuesday met with the leadership of the National Assembly on the nation ’ s economy currently in recession as well as the 2017 Appropriation Bill currently being debated by federal lawmakers.
Those who attended the meeting that took place inside Osinbajo’ s office at the Presidential Villa , Abuja included the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara ; the Minister of Budget and National Planning , Udo Udoma ; and the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun .
Saraki, who spoke with State House correspondents, said the meeting afforded the Economic Management Team led by Osinbajo the opportunity of briefing them ( National Assembly leaders ) of a planned road show on the economy .
He said, “We , I mean myself , the Vice-President and the Speaker , Minister of Budget and National Planning as well as the Minister of Finance met on the economy and the budget.
“We are aware that the economic team will soon be going on a road show and the meeting was meant to brief us and let us know the issues and carry us along.”
Saraki denied that the 2017 Budget had started having issues , saying the lawmakers are still at the level of defence .
“We have just started the defence so there are no issues . These are just consultations , ” he explained .
Osinbajo had on Monday met with the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, in continuation of consultations on the Appropriation Bill.

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